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Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin.  2017, Vol. 33 Issue (6): 1205-1213    DOI: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB201702222
Redox-Responsive Interfacial Properties of Se-Containing Sulfobetaine Surfactant
KONG Wei-Wei, GUO Shuang, ZHANG Yong-Min, LIU Xue-Feng
School of Chemical & Materials Engineering, Key Laboratory of Food Colloids and Biotechnology Ministry of Education, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, Jiangsu Province, P. R. China
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Because of good biocompatibility using Se atom as the redox-responsive group has aroused considerable attention. However, only a few efforts have been devoted to Se-containing surfactant, especially for smart control of interfacial properties. This paper focuses on the redox-responsive behaviors of molecular structure, Krafft temperature, Surface/interfacial tension, foaming and emulsification of Se-containing zwitterionic surfactant, benzylselanyl-undecyl-dimethyl ammonium propane sulfonate (BSeUSB). The results show that after oxidization with a trace of H2O2 (≤0.056% of total mass), reduced form BSeUSB with one hydrophilic head and one hydrophobic tail transformed to Bola-type oxidized form BSeUSB-Ox due to the presence of a new hydrophilic group (selenoxide). And thus Krafft temperature decreased from (23.5±0.5)℃ to less than 0℃. The surface/interfacial tension at 5.00 mmol·L-1 increased from 45.15, 5.52 mN·m-1 to 61.63, 18.38 mN·m-1, respectively. Macroscopically, reduced form BSeUSB has good foaming and emulsification properties, while the foaming and emulsification abilities of oxidized form BSeUSB-Ox almost disappeared. Interestingly the molecular structure and the solution properties re-turned the initial states after reduction with a trace of Na2SO3 (≤0.060% of total mass). In a word, by the addition trace amounts of H2O2 and Na2SO3 alternately, we have achieved the smart control of the interfacial properties of the surfactant.

Key wordsRedox-responsive      Se-containing surfactant      Betaine      Interfacial property      Foam      Emulsion     
Received: 27 December 2016      Published: 22 February 2017
MSC2000:  O648  

The project was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21503094, 21673103), MOE & SAFEA for the 111 Project (B13025), Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (JUSRP 51507), Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province, China (BK20150128) and Qinglan Project of Jiangsu Province, China.

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KONG Wei-Wei, GUO Shuang, ZHANG Yong-Min, LIU Xue-Feng. Redox-Responsive Interfacial Properties of Se-Containing Sulfobetaine Surfactant. Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin., 2017, 33(6): 1205-1213.

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